EPISODE 431: LA FILM FEST

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  1. Ray (@RaySquirrel) says:

    As a companion to “The Babushka’s of Chernobyl” I’d recommend watching Robert Stone’s “Pandora’s Promise.” It is more of an essay documentary on the subject of nuclear power, in which the filmmaker travels around the world examining the issue. Along the way he takes routine measurements of the local natural background radiation. Fifty minutes into the film we see Robert Stone enter the Chernobyl exclusion zone, as well as interviews some of the people living there. He takes readings in the local surroundings and recieved a reading of 0.20 micro-sieverts per hour. To put that into context he measured a reading of 0.09 mSv/hr. in Los Angeles and a reading of 0.30 mSv/hr. In New Hampsire. So if you guys were to move from Los Angeles to New Hampshire, not only would you be increasing your annual dosage of radiation by a factor of three but you’d also be receiving more radiation than the people living in the Chernobyl exclusion zone.

    [Full Disclosure: I had some minimal involvement in the production of Pandora’s Promise.]

    Also you guys lost a few points of cinephile cred when you brought up the “Stalkers” of Chernobyl. Yes the name is a reference to a video game. But what you missed was that game was inspired by the film “Stalker” by Andrei Tarkovsky, which was about men who explored the remnants of a mysterious irradiated exclusion zone. And eerily released several years prior to the Chernobyl accident.

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